Author and historian.
The influenza pandemic is believed to have killed somewhere between 50-100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four weeks than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. In New York City alone, more than 33,000 people died in a matter of weeks. The gaping maw of the common trench on Hart Island waited solemnly prepared to accept its new denizens.